Ancelotti – Drogba just rested



Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti was quick to point out that nothing should be read into the decision to drop striker Didier Drogba from the starting line up for Monday night’s draw at Fulham.

Former Milan manager, Ancelotti, chose to start with £50million up front on his own, and left Drogba on the bench until the 75th minute.

Torres again failed to score for his new club, despite a couple of good opportunities, and Drogba didn’t have long enough to make an impact.

Ancelotti insisted that his players are all capable of rotation.

“I don’t know if Didier was happy, but every player knows every game is important. It doesn’t matter,” he insisted.

“We wanted to rotate to maintain his condition and to give everyone great motivation.

“Maybe in the next game we will use both.

“We wanted to have more control of the pitch in this game.

“Fernando played well. He had some opportunities in the first half and I took him out just to use Didier fresh and with power. That’s the only reason I changed him.

“His performance was better than that against Liverpool. Every striker wants to score. I don’t think he’s frustrated because he needs time to play with us and, after one week, he was really better tonight after that first performance.”

Chelsea’s poor display in the one all draw, which saw them devoid of attacking inspiration leaves them in fifth place in the league, but the Italian doesn’t see that as a reason to panic.

“I’m an optimist and there’s good reason to have confidence,” he added.

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